Cornish Pirates sign lock forward Matt Smith

Cornish Pirates

Cornish Pirates have signed lock forward Matt Smith to join the club's development squad.

The University of Wales in Cardiff graduate represented England Students last season.

Pirates forwards coach Ian Davies said: "Matt is a gifted forward who shows great potential.

"After meeting with Matt we were left with the impression that he also has the right attitude and should blend in well with our developing squad.

"Paul Westgate who coaches England Students has spoken highly of him, as has Chris Davey, the head coach at UWIC."

Smith becomes the Pirates ninth new signing ahead of next season, joining Darren Daniel, David Doherty, Tom Cooper, Tom Kessell, Ben Maidment, Andrew Suniula, Cieron Thomas and Ryan Westren.

The Pirates finished last season runners-up to Worcester in the Championship play-offs finals.

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